Hall gets Drive DMACK co-driv­ing seat for ’16

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MSA Academy co-driver Phil Hall will com­pete in the full Drive DMACK Fi­esta Trophy this year with Kenyan Karan Pa­tel.

Hall re­cently left Toy­ota by mu­tual con­sent af­ter guid­ing Hiroki Arai to a podium on the Arc­tic La­p­land Rally, and will now join Pa­tel, who is man­aged by 1999 Bri­tish Rally cham­pion Ta­pio Laukka­nen.

“It’s great to be do­ing world cham­pi­onship events again,” said Hall. “It’s a re­ally good cham­pi­onship and it’s a good op­por­tu­nity for young driv­ers and co-driv­ers like my­self to learn and de­velop ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Hall is hop­ing his am­bi­tious na­ture will come through when com­pet­ing in front of WRC teams.

“There are a lot of ca­pa­ble co-driv­ers out there but if you can demon­strate how much you want to be there, that will count for a lot,” he added.

Hall won his class on the only WRC event he has com­peted on – Rally Aus­tralia – with Rhys Pin­ter, and in a last-minute deal Hall will re­join the Aus­tralian in a one-off out­ing in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this week­end for the Pirelli Carlisle.

Pin­ter’s co-driver Mark Swal­low has dam­aged his foot.

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